Hantavirus - A recent outbreak of the rare disease hantavirus in Yosemite National Park and has sickened five park visitors and killed three. Now, Yosemite officials are stepping up public outreach to warn people of the dangers of the disease, which has been fatal in more than one-third of the nearly 600 cases reported since it was first recognized in 1993 in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. But it's important not to ruin your vacation out of fear of hantavirus. The virus is often deadly but infection is very rare, and potential exposures occur much more often than infection. We'll speak with Stuart Cohen, an infectious disease physician at UC Davis who can explain when you should be worried about risk and symptoms.
Yosemite National Park has established a non-emergency phone line for questions and concerns related to Hantavirus (209) 372-0822.
Almost Somewhere - In "Almost Somewhere," author and professor Suzanne Roberts describes her post-college journey on the John Muir Trail with two female friends. With one experienced and unflappable, and the other inexperienced and bulimic, Roberts shared a 28-day, coming-of-age adventure.
Visions II: Art by the Blind - Creating art is never easy, but imagine becoming an acclaimed artist without the use of your eyes. An art show at Arden Hills Thursday, September 13 will feature the work of some nationally known blind photographers and a painter who uses his hands to understand his subjects. Funds from the event, Visions II: Art by the Blind, will support the Sacramento Chapter of the national Foundation Fighting Blindness. We're speaking with photographer Pete Eckert and the event organizer, DJ Lenth.
Sea of Bees - Sea Of Bees is nominated for an "Artist of the Year" award in Sacramento News & Review's 2012 Sammies. We spoke with Sea of Bees in June just before the band's second album "Orangefarben" was released. The band is playing at Bows and Arrows in Sacramento September 19.